The Magnolia/Mobil Service Station

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

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Behind me stands an important landmark in the history of the 1957 desegregation crisis of Little Rock Central High School.

This service station was built in the 1920s by the Magnolia Petroleum Co. of Texas. In the 1950s it featured both Magnolia and Mobil signs to Capitalize on the national brand identification.

Its true historical significance is portrayed in the 1957 desegregation crisis as this was one of only a few businesses in the immediate area that had a pay phone on site.

Reporters from all over the State, Nation, and World used this phone to report their stories as the crisis unfolded in September of that year. As television entered mainstream America, so did the footage of the crisis here in Little Rock.

Today this service station is being preserved by the National Park Service.

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